What happens when you take a shoebox, some pink and red construction paper, safety scissors, and some scotch tape or Elmer's glue? Your elementary school Valentine's Day mailbox, of course. This is just one of the ways Valentine's Day was different in elementary school in comparison to how it is now. That mailbox pretty much guaranteed you some Valentine's Day booty, which (sadly) might not be the case today. Ah, well. Can't win 'em all, right?
Though the history of Valentine's Day is actually rooted in the celebration of fertility, these days Valentine's Day can be wrought with the weight of expectations. What gift should you get your significant other? How can you rock the holiday when you're single? Everything seemed so much easier in elementary school when your biggest problems were deciding which Valentine's Day cards to buy (usually your favorite cartoon, like something Disney, or even the Berenstain Bears) and figuring out how to decorate your mailbox. Maybe you even brought festive cupcakes or cookies to share with your class.
If you had a crush or a "special friend" (as it were), you may have reserved a special Valentine just for them. It was also a great time to suck up to the teacher by showering him or her with flowers, and candy. These days, in the grown-up world, the outcome and expectations of Valentine's Day are much less clear. Who wouldn't want to go back to simpler times? Here are nine ways Valentine's Day was super different when we were kids versus now.